Many narrow streets and alleyways off Oxford Street, London are currently misused and underdeveloped. These under regarded areas are ideal not only for improvement, but also for relatively unconventional design opportunities.
The new facade system acknowledges this by providing an architectural intervention that subtly draws attention to the building through the intrigue of a sculptural façade. Inspired by the art work of Lucio Fontana large glazed areas orientated towards the sky are slashed into the facade, maximising the natural light available in this narrow street. The entire facade is cantilevered up to 900mm off primary structure via huge galvanized steel fins, forming the gentle curve of the eye windows.
Images © Edmund Sumner